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Department ofAnthropology

Lee Panich

Lee Panich
Lee Panich

Associate Professor

Dr. Panich employs a combination of archaeological, ethnographic, and archival data to examine the long-term entanglements between California’s indigenous societies and colonial institutions, particularly the Spanish mission system. He has conducted investigations of Native American life at Mission Santa Clara de Asís, on the SCU campus, as well as at Mission Santa Catalina in Baja California, Mexico. He is currently the co-director of a collaborative research project focused on autonomous indigenous villages that existed at the crossroads of the Spanish, Russian, Mexican, and American frontiers in Marin County, California. Since 2009, Dr. Panich has also worked with researchers from the Mexican Instituto Nacional de Antropología e Historia to understand the geological and archaeological distribution of obsidian in Baja California.

  • Anthropology 2: Introduction to Archaeology
  • Anthropology 4: Vanished Peoples and Lost Civilizations
  • Anthropology 114: Senior Seminar
  • Anthropology 146: Anthropological Perspectives on Colonial California
  • Anthropology 148: Historical Archaeology
  • Anthropology 149: Virtual Santa Clara - History and Culture
  • Anthropology 195: Field Course in Anthropological Methods
  • Anthropology 196: Archaeological Methods and Theory

Selected Publications:

Panich, Lee M. (2020). Narratives of Persistence: Indigenous Negotiations of Colonialism in Alta and Baja California. University of Arizona Press, Tucson.

Panich, Lee M., Ben Griffin, and Tsim D. Schneider (2018). Native Acquisition of Obsidian in Colonial-Era Central California: Implications from Mission San José. Journal of Anthropological Archaeology, 50:1-11.

Panich, Lee M., Tsim D. Schneider, and R. Scott Byram (2018). Finding Mid-19th Century Native Settlements: Cartographic and Archaeological Evidence from Central California. Journal of Field Archaeology, 43(2):152-165.

Panich, Lee M., M. Steven Shackley, and Antonio Porcayo Michelini (2017). A Reassessment of Archaeological Obsidian from Southern Alta California and Northern Baja California. California Archaeology 9(1):53-77.

Panich, Lee M. (2016). After Saint Serra: Unearthing Indigenous Histories at the California Missions. Journal of Social Archaeology 16(2):238-258.

Panich, Lee M. (2016). Beyond the Colonial Curtain: Investigating Indigenous Use of Obsidian in Spanish California through the pXRF Analysis of Artifacts from Mission Santa Clara. Journal of Archaeological Science: Reports 5:521-530.

Panich, Lee M., and Tsim D. Schneider (2015). Expanding Mission Archaeology: A Landscape Approach to Indigenous Autonomy in Colonial California. Journal of Anthropological Archaeology 40:48-58.

Panich, Lee M., and Tsim D. Schneider, editors (2014). Indigenous Landscapes and Spanish Missions: New Perspectives from Archaeology and Ethnohistory. University of Arizona Press, Tucson.

Panich, Lee M. (2013). Archaeologies of Persistence: Reconsidering the Legacies of Colonialism in Native North America. American Antiquity 78(1):105-122.

Curriculum vitae
Curriculum vitae